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Festival of Thoth
28/10/2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This year marks the sixth New Hermopolis Thoth’s Festival and for the first time it is proudly hosted in collaboration with Diwan Bookstore to usher a new turning in the evolution of this festival which began at New Hermopolis in Oct. 2015 as a revival of an ancient Egyptian festival that celebrated the power of the ‘Creative Word’, the very essence of ancient Hermopolis and its guardian’ Thoth’ who conveyed to humanity all art and knowledge.
In this event we will report on the proceedings of the past ‘Five Festivals’ that took place at New Hermopolis acknowledging the generous contributions that were made by various cultural partners who over the years made such festival possible.
It was in our vision from the start that the ‘Thoth’s Festival’ should one day become an international cultural/literary modeled on the famous ‘Hay on Wye Festival, UK’ where creative minds from different walks of life can come together to think about the world in creative ways and answer some of the increasingly urgent problems we face today.
We hope that the collaboration between Diwan Book Stores and New Hermopolis will highlight the significance of such festival that celebrated the value of the ‘book’ and the ‘writer’ behind it. This would be the necessary step that would finally lead to the establishment of ‘The First Hay on Wye Festival in Egypt to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of Taha Hussain on 2023. It is hoped that this would also be accompanied by the inauguration of ‘The Egyptian Writing Museum’ to be housed at Taha Hussain’s Rest House that lies within the antiquities of Tuna El-Gebel (Hermopolis West).